Our SEI researchers share their expert opinons and perspectives on a broad range of issues and topics.


To turn back the Doomsday Clock, stop dallying on climate change

Written by Sivan Kartha Friday, 23 January 2015 00:00

Without stepped-up action, the world will be 3–8°C warmer by the end of the century. It’s not too late to avoid catastrophic climate change, but time is running out.


How should we calculate the CO2 impact of the Keystone pipeline proposal?

Written by Peter Erickson and Michael Lazarus Wednesday, 14 January 2015 00:00

The sharp drop in oil prices has changed the debate over Keystone XL, highlighting questions about how the pipeline might affect oil sands production. But the bigger issue is how long the U.S. will continue to pursue contradictory energy and climate policies.


With $10bn banked, what next for the Green Climate Fund?

Written by Adis Dzebo Tuesday, 16 December 2014 00:00

Having achieved its minimum US$10 billion funding target, the Green Climate Fund is ready to become operational. But money is not enough – countries need to learn how to use finance more efficiently and transparently.


Food Security in Zambia - Beyond the MDGs

Written by Thabileng Mothabi and Nina Weitz Wednesday, 10 December 2014 15:42

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This blog article calls for a careful review of food security and agricultural policies in Zambia to improve the chances of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
Source: IRF

Can the SDGs stop us flushing precious resources down the drain?

Written by Kim Andersson and Caspar Trimmer Wednesday, 19 November 2014 11:41

19 November 2014 is World Toilet Day but the target to halve the number of people without access to basic sanitation has not been met. Can the SDGs improve the situation?


From emissions to extraction: Rethinking the role of international institutions in addressing fossil fuel production

Written by Harro van Asselt Tuesday, 18 November 2014 00:00

Should the UNFCCC, the WTO and others actively work to discourage countries from exploiting all their fossil fuel resources?


Beating water and land shortages in the Middle East and North Africa

Written by Holger Hoff and Tom Gill Tuesday, 04 November 2014 12:34

A new SEI collaboration in the region focuses on the nexus between scarce resources – the only route to sustainable supplies of water, food and energy.


Cyclone Gudrun and the future of Swedish forestry: thoughts from the Swedish Forestry Association’s Annual Excursion 2014

Written by Olle Olsson Wednesday, 01 October 2014 15:52

SEI researcher Olle Olsson provides thoughts from the Swedish Forestry Association’s Annual Excursion 2014.


How business counts: Aligning water sustainability metrics for the Sustainable Development Goals

Written by Caspar Trimmer Tuesday, 23 September 2014 16:00

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Water is receiving increased attention as an important component of green economic development. How can we make water sustainability measures more relevant and consistent?

A critique of our Keystone paper is probably not precisely correct, either

Written by Peter Erickson and Michael Lazarus Friday, 15 August 2014 14:56

The authors of a widely debated Nature Climate Change article on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline respond to a detailed critique of their analysis.


It’s time to look beyond the UN’s $100bn climate finance target

Written by Adis Dzebo and Pieter Pauw Thursday, 01 May 2014 16:59



Connecting the dots: can a ‘nexus’ approach help produce better SDGs?

Written by Nina Weitz, Måns Nilsson and Marion Davis Monday, 10 March 2014 00:00

IRF blog, global


The whole package for Africa’s women farmers

Written by Melinda Fones Sundell and Marion Davis Monday, 24 February 2014 00:00

Global Food Security blog, UK


Can carbon finance take small-scale agroforestry to the next level?

Written by Marion Davis Friday, 21 February 2014 22:51

TR Foundation (AlertNet), UK


Business and Agroforestry: the Role of Public-Private Partnerships

Written by Ekaterina Bessonova Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00

SIANI blog, Sweden


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